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Gigabyte sent me a socket LGA775 motherboard to replace my AM2 one!

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A few months ago I RMA'd a motherboard back to Gigabyte, an AM2 GA-M55SLi-S4, and just recently got a package from them.

Well, what was in the package was not that motherboard, but a GA-965P-DS3, which is socket 775.

I obviously have no use for this motherboard (yet), as it is not only socket 775, but I already purchased a replacement socket AM2 motherboard.

Now, I know most everyone here is going to tell me to sell my current board and get an Intel processor to go with the one I just received, but what would be the best processor for around $150 - $200 right now?

I heard things about the quad core Xeons being just as good as the more expensive "desktop" quad cores, but would a quad core x3210 be the best purchase right now, especially since all apps aren't multi-threaded for optimal quad core performance yet?

I'm not into a whole lot of gaming; the newest game I play is ETQW, and even then it is kinda seldom that I play that game. I mostly play older games (Quake 4, CS:S, Doom 3) and I also record music and mess with drum machine and MIDI programs.

So, what processor should I purchase?
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The Core 2 Duo E8200 is quite nice. If you want to spend a bit more you can get the E8400 which is even nicer
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Intel Core 2 Duo E6750
Intel COre 2 Duo E8400 (if you can find it in stock)
Could also go for a Pentium E2160 or E4500 and OC.
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In that price range, the 6750 seems like a good choice for you. Microcenter is selling the Q6600 for $200 if you have a location near you.
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Gigabyte always messes up -_-
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Xeon E3110, server version of the E8400, better silicon, similar price, same socket. Should run just fine on that board.
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A few months ago I RMA'd a motherboard back to Gigabyte... and just recently got a package from them.
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Yeah, it was about mid January when I sent them the board, so it's been almost two months.

Just about everywhere I look I see that the E3110 is out of stock, but I'll keep an eye out for that processor. It might be a little too expensive though; I am kind of a poor college student.
If I can't get the E3110, I'll be going for the E6750.

Thanks for your help! I'll be giving all of you +reps.
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Originally Posted by Exospaciac View Post
Yeah, it was about mid January when I sent them the board, so it's been almost two months.

Just about everywhere I look I see that the E3110 is out of stock, but I'll keep an eye out for that processor. It might be a little too expensive though; I am kind of a poor college student.
If I can't get the E3110, I'll be going for the E6750.

Thanks for your help! I'll be giving all of you +reps.
be sure to check in the box, i rma's a ga-956p-s3 a while back, and they sent it back in a 939 box
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I had a DS3L RMA and it took 2 months. FYI, I would say a Q6600 is the best bang for buck CPU you can get.
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